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Hand Lettering Basics: Start Here

Want to learn how to start hand lettering?  This is the place to start!

Here is what you need:

  • Brush pen (I recommend the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip or the Pentel Touch pens for starting out)
    • Many of the videos are using the Tombow Duel Brush Pen but I recommend starting with the above pens as they are easier to control
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Paper (I recommend starting with cheap old graph paper)
  • Lots of patience!!

The Basics: 

As you pick up your pen and start to perfect your hand lettering skills, the one thing to remember is that everyone has a different style. I would encourage you to practice the eight basic strokes as much as you can to really get a feel for things. I find it best to spend an entire page in my notebook on each of the 8 strokes. Once you have really perfected your basic skills, don’t be afraid to let loose a bit and get creative with the way you draw your letters. Develop your own personal style. Start playing around with different pens. Embrace the beauty in the process!


Free Printables:

Alphabet and Basic Stroke Guide (Pieces Calligraphy)

Lowercase Alphabet Practice Sheets (One Artsy Mama)

Free Guide (Tombow USA)


Some of my favorite lettering blog posts for beginners: 

Brush Pen Comparison and Review (Pieces Calligraphy)

Uppercase and Lowercase Letters (One Artsy Mama)

Handlettering 101 (Dawn Nicole Designs)




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